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Viral Conjunctivitis
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:40

 

What is Viral Conjunctivitis? What is the treatment for Viral Conjunctivitis?

 

Viral conjunctivitis is the most common conjunctivitis. It is often referred to as “pink eye.” This condition is caused by a virus that penetrates the conjunctiva. The common viruses are variation of the adenovirus. One will experience red irritated eyes, tearing (excessive), sensitivity to light, burning and itching. The hallmark symptom would be excessive eye tearing.

 

Viral conjunctivitis is very contagious so it is important to practice careful hygiene so one does not spread the virus to the healthy eye or to someone else. Treatment involves artificial tears and cold compresses. Antihistamines are commonly used for the itch and redness. If the condition advances and becomes severe a mild topical steroid is also an option. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses however eye doctors sometimes prescribe antibiotics if the cornea is significantly affected by the virus or if there is any evidence of a secondary infection.

 

Treatment

Artificial tears

Cold compresses

Antihistamines

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 January 2013 22:41
 

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